Most Important Things to Know For a Motorcycling n00b.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by MotoMusicMark, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin' Supporter

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    Best thing you can do to help him is make sure his future ride had plenty of added lighting running during the days both front and rear.

    We can teach them a lot, but what sticks is beyond our control.

    Btw, the MCRider channel on YouTube is a must for him.
  2. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    My usual advise to new riders about street riding is:
    You are invisible to 95% of car drivers.
    The other 5% that notice you either don't care if you live or not , or are actively seeking a way to kill you.
    Now some may think this is overstating the situation , but it works for me. 49 riding years on the street and still at it.
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  3. MauiCowie

    MauiCowie Long timer

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    This is not correct. There's about 1 or 2 percent of drivers that do care about you. They are also motorcycle riders who just happen to be driving a car. But you never know who they are so your best bet is just to assume that everybody is out to kill you.
  4. WIDGIN

    WIDGIN When In Doubt, Gas It Now

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    Good topic and you are still almost invisible to that 1-2%. In 50 years of riding and 40 years or driving I've had the experience of almost hitting a motorcycle or two that I simply didn't see.
  5. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air.

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    I am re-reading the book Down the Great Unknown by Edward Dolnick about the first expedition down the Grand Canyon and noticed that the last time I read it I had dog-eared the bottom of a page. I was curious as to why but when I read the page I knew why. It contained the following nugget of wisdom about river running that applies well to riding.

    "On a big river, things can go bad in a hurry; to react, rather than to anticipate, is almost always to respond too late."
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  6. geolpilot

    geolpilot Been here awhile

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    That is good advice for nearly anything. I have operated that way flying light planes and operating large 85 ft to 110 ft motor vessels, most of them single screw. When it is very windy, you damn well better have it figured out in advance.
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  7. BywayMan

    BywayMan Been here awhile

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    Three-way intersections are a favorite place for sand or gravel to pool. The road that t-bones the other typically is the culprit. Slow up before r.h. turns into them.
  8. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    Naw, get a dual sport and slide around the corners with style. Yahooo!!!
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  9. Appalachian Twin

    Appalachian Twin Adventurer

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    #1. Nobody sees you, especially if they look you in the eye
    #2. Everyone is trying to kill you.
    #3. Everone has a finite number of miles they can ride

    So therefore ATGATT
  10. VX Rider

    VX Rider Long timer

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    how many miles do I have left?
    Just so I can budget my riding
  11. T.S.Zarathustra

    T.S.Zarathustra Been here awhile

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    Overconfidence always hurts you.
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  12. eight90eight

    eight90eight Been here awhile

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    Each time we throw a leg over the seat we're noobs. We see shit we haven't seen before. Bad driving, bad biking. Adjust to the condition, add to memory bank.

    Riding in the eighties when most cages couldn't get outta their own way is far from the cages zipping around today.

    Drivers are not being trained. DMV safety is a joke. Most training happens in parking lots by bad drivers training new drivers. The stupid testing is beyond a joke. Just sayin......not to mention deer management by wildlife experts.

    So, dress for the occasion. Fall back a bit when anticipation radar goes off. When things clear out a bit you can maybe sniff the air, scan for wildlife and take a deep breath.

    No one seems to give damn, or give anyone a break. Part of the chaos that's been a long time a-brewing. Take care cuz it's not getting better before it gets worse. IMHO.
  13. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    The way things are going I want to take out my riding suit foam padding and get it kevlar coated or maybe ceramic armour.
  14. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Learning how to use your eyes is vital in m/c riding. Scanning constantly, always looking far enough ahead, and not fixating on any one thing. Seeing, not just looking.
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    Yes, I always liked the MSF mantra , SIPDE ... Scan, Identify, Predict, Decide, Execute... The MSF has changed it a little nowadays ... Your vision is key to staying out of trouble... Just ask a racer like ,

    Mark Marquez... He had eye surgery for double vision, from a bad crash in 2012... And it seems to have helped him pretty well I would say :thumb

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    In the words of Han Solo; “Great kid, don’t get cocky.” I mutter this one to myself a lot.
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  17. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Smoothness with all inputs, whether steering, throttle or brakes is a must.

    By looking ahead and thinking ahead, one can achieve this smoothness, and great joy will follow.

    Riding as smooth as possible should be on the agenda for every ride of a newbie.
  18. Laboratory Rat

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    I'm constantly playing a "what if" game. Always considering all the potential "what if's" around me, and ensure I have contingency plans. Once I've accumulated too many what if's to monitor, or cannot decide on a survivable contingency plan, it's time to bug out.
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  19. msjesscat

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    Ride your own ride.

    Do your own checks and maintenance if you are capable (and DON'T if you are not - get someone experienced to do it and this doesn't always mean your best mate).

    Like some have said, assume everyone on the road wants to kill you. Make yourself visible and don't try and be a hero.

    Don't stop training and practicing and getting advice, no matter how old your are or how long you've been riding - you can always learn something.

    Just because you can do a wheelie it doesn't necessarily mean you're a good rider. Stay humble.

    If it's raining - watch some decent training videos and aim to do them over and over when you next head out.

    Get some trials training, it's probably my top tip. Best way to learn balance and control and help you feel confident tackling more technical terrain.

    Always carry a tool kit or ride with some who has tools that fit your bike!

    Don't skimp on helmet or tires. There is a MASSIVE difference in helmet quality (get it fitted correctly! Firm everywhere and should squoosh your cheeks in. There should be no pressure points anywhere, and the only way to really test this is by wearing the helmet for as long as you can in the shop. The cheeks will pad out a little over time. Pressure points are definitive sign of a bad fit.) Just don't by a cheap helmet. Shoei do their own independent safety testing that is more thorough than standard safety testing. But there are a good handful of quality brands. Tires you will never agree on with anyone! haha But you can learn as much as you can about them and get advice and read reviews (non-bias ones like these: adventure tire reviews) and test them. The more tires you try the better you will get at knowing what you need and what is best for what terrain etc.

    Someone above said "Don't get cocky" - I have to tell myself this a lot when I start to feel over confident. It's usually a good sign you're about to crash or have a near miss.
  20. Motorius

    Motorius Road trippin' Supporter

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    Interesting u mentioned helmets. My own felt like the pads were getting soft so I just ordered a new liner set.
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